Breaking the cycle of childhood malnutrition requires long-term, sustainable solutions. We're attacking the root causes here in Honduras to do just that.
Helping a child recover from malnutrition is not a long-term solution. Rather, we have to look at the root causes of malnutrition and identify ways to solve them. Often times, lack of education, resources, or a combination of the two is the culprit. The best solution? We don't know. Targeted programs to improve education or resources can produce great results. Unfortunately, work in prevention does not have a one size fits all answer to it. Different cultures or geographic regions may require very different programs.
Breaking the cycle of malnutrition requires taking a look at the long term implications of our work and asking some difficult questions. Are we having an impact beyond the children we're targeting? Are there benefits for the community and region as a whole? If we end a program, what do we leave behind?
In order to grow our footprint and make meaningful strides to reduce childhood malnutrition, our work has to see long-term and sustainable effects.
We are driven to combatting childhood malnutrition, but we are not committed to just one method. Because of the many contributing factors to malnutrition, we know that each community will require a unique blend of solutions.
Better access to clean water, to preventative medicine, to nutritional education, to transportation or maybe just subsidized food—we are committed to expanding what is working and changing what isn't.
Human centered design
The communities and people we which to serve are at the center of our programs. They have played and will continue to play an integral in the entire planning and implementation processes of our interventions. No one knows a community better than those who make it up. By combining their knowledge of local strengths and weaknesses with our resources and expertise, together we achieve more impactful results.
We are busy at work as the year comes to a close preparing to launch our inaugural program in prevention. We have been collecting data and meeting with various community members from La Trinidad, a small mountainous community an hour outside of Yoro.
Low birth weights and high levels of anemia in newborns are commonplace in La Trinidad. With the input of community leaders there, we have been designing a program for their community around educating proper self-care for pregnant women—like dieting, exercise, vitamins, and visiting a physician. Our goal: healthier newborns. We're excited to keep you updated on our journey!